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Bethune makes bond, arraignment set

Posted by on Friday, July 14th, 2017 @ 7:01 pm.

Gaege Bethune, Jackson County mug

JACKSON CO., Ill. - Formal charges have been made available in the case of the man accused of killing Pravin Varughese.

Gaege Bethune, 22, of Raleigh in Saline County, has been formally indicted on two Class M counts of Murder while committing another Forcible Felony in Varughese's February 13, 2014 death. Class M is non-probationable and requires a minimum of 20 years in IDOC upon conviction.

It's alleged that Varughese was beaten so badly about the head and upper body that he was rendered unconscious, then left in a wooded area on the east side of Carbondale, where he died of hypothermia.

The redacted true bills of indictment, reportedly handed down yesterday (July 13), were made available today, which is where we learned that Jackson County's duly-elected prosecutor, Mike Carr, did not handle the grand jury.

Instead, he left that to the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor's Office.

In a bizarre twist, Mike Wepseic, the prosecutor who held the office for three terms before opting not to run in 2012, when Carr was first elected, will be the attorney representing Bethune.

Also, this is providing the opportunity to explain why Bethune is out on bond.

Bail was set upon issuance of the indictments, the total being a million dollars.

In Illinois, bond can be put up on the bail of 10 percent of the full amount, or a higher percentage of property if a piece of real estate is posted as security for the bail (usually 30 percent, but it's been awhile since we've seen anyone do that, and the law may have changed in the ensuing years).

Under the Constitution, bail is not to be excessive nor prohibitive; in other words, the officials want people to be able to make bail if they can. Bail serves two purposes: It protects the public from someone the authorities consider dangerous - at which time it's set high, so that the public can be protected- and it secures the accused person's appearance in court (as in the case of Xzavier Gibbs - every time he FTAs, the court can revoke his bail and it goes into the county coffers...and he gets into further trouble.)

In this case, someone was able to cough up $100,000 for Gaege Bethune's release, which was done today (Friday, July 14).

Many, MANY people contacted us asking why on earth he was out on bail. Answer: When bail is set, and a person can make the amount, the authorities HAVE to release them. Apparently, this wasn't a situation where the judge believed Bethune was a danger to the general public (as he hasn't gotten into any trouble since Varughese's death) and the judge apparently believed that he also wasn't a flight risk.

Whatever the case, bond was posted on the bail, and Bethune is out.

He's set for an arraignment next week, July  18, at the courthouse in Murphysboro.

We'll likely have our correspondent cover it...so be watching.

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5 Comments for “Bethune makes bond, arraignment set”

  1. Chas131

    Good morning….
    Although I am a little surprised that bond was posted, I am more interested in the “mechanics” of that bond. Since most folks don’t have 10% of a million laying around, I wonder if his dad posted a property bond, and if so, what is the true value of that property and its location.
    Thanks for staying on this one. Looking forward to more.

  2. slamdunc

    I’m more curious about the prosecutors taking this to a second Grand Jury and not having the guts / balls / courage to file it on Information. If they believe they have a solid case, they should file it instead of taking the chickenshit way and using this method. A Grand Jury will usually indict anybody for anything and a good prosecutor will only file Information on a case they believe they can win. There is much more to this story and I hope justice will be served despite the gross incompetence shown by that office.

  3. Chas131

    No, a grand jury will NOT indict on anything. You sound like you’re afraid of the facts, the evidence that will be presented. Hey paps, WHY are you so afraid?
    He will get his dayS in court. It is certainly more than what Mr.,Varufhese got.

    • slamdunc

      It sounds as though I think this guy is somehow innocent and / or I was defending him. If that is where you are with this, I ask that you re-read my post ESPECIALLY the last sentence. I have no way of knowing how much you know about a Grand Jury, and am not trying to offend you.
      A Grand Jury is an easy way for a prosecutor to charge someone if they don’t have ALL of their ducks in a row. The prosecutors in this case do not believe that they have a solid case, or they would have charged Bethune on Information. If Bethune has a paid attorney at this point, it will cost him a fortune going through the motions and this may be the state’s way of leveraging him into a plea-bargain.

      This thing has the same foul odor as the Molly Young case.

  4. Chas131

    If they don’t believe they have a solid case (1st article) and having all their ducks in a row is not a legal argument for not presenting to a grand jury. You will have to take me at my word but I have been in bench trials, trials by jury and grand jury proceedings; in short I know their differences. Alluding to what you feel won’t argue. I say….let the attorneys present their facts, argue the law and let a jury decide. Bethune does have a paid attorney, you have to know this, too.
    The foul odor you rever to, may be emanating from him.

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